Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) “said the Obama administration shouldn’t rule out putting troops on the ground in Libya or arming the rebel forces there,” The Hill reports.
“I don’t think you go into a military engagement announcing what you will not do,” he said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about using American troops. “I think that the United States has plenty of capabilities, both covert and overt, to help along this process of getting rid of Moammar Gadhafi.”
Rubio said he feared a “long stalemate” in that country’s ongoing conflict, or a civil war that could invite terrorist groups to come in. Gadhafi remaining in power was the worst-case scenario, he added. “As long as Gadhafi’s in power, you can’t protect civilians or prevent genocide.”
Using U.S. ground troops in the conflict isn’t “the ideal scenario,” Rubio admitted. “The fact of the matter is that the people working with us there don’t want that.”
Asked about arming the Libyan rebels, Rubio said that should be considered. “I think the president was right not to take that off the table,” he said. “I think we need to learn more about who they are and how they’re working.”